Beacon is working with some of Tasmania’s fastest growing industries to inspire students and create a job-ready generation of Tasmanians
Beacon CEO, Scott Harris, said the program aimed to create a win-win situation, where growing businesses able to expand their workforce and young Tasmanians able to get a great job.
“The Growth Industry Preparation Program (or GrIPP) shows students what opportunities there are for them in five of the fastest growing industries in Tasmania,” Mr Harris said.
“There are huge opportunities in building and construction, tourism and hospitality, advanced manufacturing, aged and community service and food production industries for young Tasmanians.
“The research shows that if students engage with industry, like they are today, at least four times during their schooling, they are 86 per cent more likely to complete their schooling. Not only that, they can see for themselves the career options available to them once they finish school.
“Today, students are engaging with the amazing staff at MACq01 and the Henry Jones Art Hotel to understand just what they need to do to cut it in the tourism and hospitality sector. We know that once border restrictions ease the sector will boom as visitors return to the State. There are going to be hundreds of jobs available and it will be a fantastic opportunity for students to really carve out a really rewarding career.”
Federal Group’s Tourism General Manager, Matt Casey, said he was impressed by the enthusiasm of the students.
“When I was at school I would have loved an opportunity like this to get a taste for what it’s like in the tourism sector,” Mr Casey said.
“As the biggest tourism business in the State there are so many career opportunities at Federal Group and it’s great to be able to share that with the students today.
“We know tourism will get back on its feet again and when it does, the entire industry will need to scale up its workforce. If we can show students what opportunities there are now, hopefully we can help put them on the path to a career in the sector in the future.”
Beacon Foundation offers a range of GrIPP sessions around the State with a range of businesses. In 2020, Beacon worked with nearly 8,000 students and nearly 100 businesses with the aim of connecting students, schools, communities and industries.
Video is courtesy of Federal Group.